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Monday 23 October 2017

Man is jailed for kicking woman in face and head

George Croitoru
George Croitoru

A MAN who dragged a woman to the ground and repeatedly kicked her in the face and head has been given a three-and-a-half year sentence with the final two years suspended.

George Croitoru (29), of St John the Baptist Church, Long Mile Road, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Dawn Critchlow-Burke on the North Circular Road, Dublin city, on March 9, 2014.

The victim's injuries included a perforated ear drum, a fractured nose, two black eyes and extensive bruising.

Vicous

Judge Martin Nolan said the assault was persistent, vicious and prolonged. He said that it seemed that Croitoru "lost complete control" while kicking and beating Ms Burke.

Croitoru, who has no previous convictions, made an offer of €1,000 as a token of his remorse and this was accepted by the victim.

Garda Conor Mackin told Martina Baxter BL, prosecuting, that at around 10pm Ms Burke was walking home after visiting a friend and she passed Croitoru.

The Romanian national asked her for a cigarette and she said offered him the end of the one she was smoking. He initially told her to "f**k off", but then apologised and took her up on the offer.

He asked her to come back to a friend's but she refused. He moved closer to her and she pushed him away.

She said he was flirting with her for the next five minutes and she kept pushing him away. He got very close to her face and she grabbed him by the throat and told him to f**k off.

He then grabbed her hand and punched her in the mouth. She ended up on the ground and he kicked her a few times.

She got back up and tried to push him away but he pulled her by the hair to the ground again and started kicking her again.

The victim swung out at the man using the broken handle of a china cup that had fallen from her bag and smashed on the ground. She cut him and he reacted by grabbing her throat and pushing her over a railing.

kicking

He then walked away, but came charging back and grabbed her hair again and started kicking her face and head.

He told her "you're coming with me". The woman was shouting for passers-by to call gardai. Croitoru finally stopped and left the woman, taking her mobile phone with him.

A member of the public called the gardai and a passing driver followed Croitoru and pointed him out to gardai.

Tom Neville BL, defending, said his client was drunk that evening. He said his lack of other convictions suggested the attack was not deeply ingrained behaviour.

However, Judge Nolan said: "This assault is so serious that the defendant must spend time in custody."

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